E Washington 88

(8-7, 2-1 Big Sky)

N. Colorado 87

(2-13, 0-3 Big Sky)

    9:05 PM ET, January 4, 2007

    Butler-Hancock Hall, Greeley, Colorado

    1 2 T
    EWASH 47 4188
    UNCO 37 5087

    Top Performers

    Eastern Washington: R. Stuckey 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 10 Ast, 3 Stl

    Northern Colorado: D. Birden 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast

    Eastern Washington 88, Northern Colorado 87

    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) -- Rodney Stuckey scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and had 10 assists to lead Eastern Washington to an 88-87 victory over Northern Colorado Thursday night.

    Stuckey was 4-for-9 shooting in the second half. Michael Taylor had 11 points for Eastern Washington (8-7, 2-1 Big Sky Conference). The Eagles shot 60 percent from the field.

    Dwayne Birden led Northern Colorado (2-13, 0-3) with 29 points. Kirk Archibeque added 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Bears lost their fifth straight.

    Stuckey scored eight points on two 3-pointers in the first two minutes of the second half as Eastern Washington pushed its lead to 58-42. The Bears scored the next eight points including 3-pointers by Birden and Sean Taibi to make it a 58-50 game, but Brandon Moore answered with a pair of dunks to get the Eagles' lead to 62-49.

    Northern Colorado got within 79-74 on two free throws each by Archibeque and Birden with 2:51 left. Birden's layup and free throw pulled the Bears even closer, 86-84 with 17 seconds remaining, before Stuckey and Rhett Humphrey sealed the game with a free throw each in the last 13 seconds.

    Stuckey didn't make a shot from the field until the final 2:27 of the first half and had nine points, but Eastern Washington led 47-37 at intermission. Eight other Eagles scored points and Eagles took a 34-25 lead after the second of two layups off steals by Matt Penocello.

    Stuckey, who held Taibi, Northern Colorado's leading scorer, without a point in the first period, hit two shots within a 30-second span to extend Eastern Washington's lead to 39-28 with 2:14 to go. He later sank all three free throws and Kevin Williams had a 3-pointer in the last three seconds for the Eagles, who shot 69 percent in the first 20 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 87
    FG Made-Attempted 31-51 (.608) 29-61 (.475)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-20 (.500) 7-16 (.438)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-25 (.640) 22-25 (.880)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 0

    2006-07 Season

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